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Huskies girls lacrosse takes care of Steamboat Springs

John F. Russell
Special to the Daily

Battle Mountain's Marti Schmidt holds off a Steamboat Springs player on Monday afternoon at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs. The Huskies jumped out to an early 8-2 halftime lead on their way to a 13-7 win.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Members of the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team returned from spring break on Monday to be greeted by the Battle Mountain Huskies in a key Mountain League match.

But it was likely not the welcome the Sailors had hoped for, as the Huskies came out swinging en route to a 13-7 victory.

"We definitely felt confident after our last few matches. We have had some good runs, and we are full-strength with our team. Everyone is healthy," Battle Mountain coach Jason Fitzgerald said. "We knew what to expect. Steamboat is a good program, and their team studs put the ball in the back of the net."

But Monday at Gardner Field, it was Battle Mountain's studs who were putting the ball in the back of the net. Junior Julia Heid got things rolling, scoring the first of her three goals with 22 minutes left in the first half.

Offensive Explosion

That early goal ignited an offensive explosion for the Huskies, with Chloe Doctor adding another 30 seconds later, followed by still another from Haley Frischholz for a 3-0 Battle Mountain lead with just under 20 minutes left to play in the first half. Doctor added another to make the spread 4-0 before the Sailors could find the board.

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Steamboat's Lucy Shimek gave her team life, netting a goal with 15:27 left in the half, and teammate Riley Schott added another as the dropped to less than two minutes, but that represented all the first-half offense the home team could muster against a tough Battle Mountain defense.

Before the end of the half, Battle Mountain's Katie Kessenich, Heid and Doctor had all added goals, and Schott's goal, just before the buzzer, made the halftime score 8-2.

Despite the large halftime deficit, Steamboat came out fighting in the second. The Sailors would eventually close the gap to 10-5, but the Steamboat push was short-lived, as the Huskies netted the next three goals to put the game away.

Doctor, who had two goals in the second half, led Battle Mountain with five total. Heid also scored in the second, finishing the game with three. Eleanor Sheahan and Berit Kirchner also collected second half goals.

The Sailors are now 10-3, overall, and 3-3 in league play, with one game remaining against Eagle Valley Wednesday in Steamboat. It will be the Sailors' final game of the 2017 season. Battle Mountain (8-3, 4-1) hosts Grand Junction today.